Editor’s Note: Elmira is well-known for being the final resting place of Mark Twain, his wife, and his children. Just as important to Elmira’ s historical legacy is that Mark Twain is also buried next to the Langdon family, Mark Twain’s in-laws. The Langdon family has a long and proud tradition of philanthropy and leadership in the Elmira area.
You can find much more about the Langdon family in the “Twain’s Elmira” section of our website. Furthermore, CMTS has created a virtual tour of the Langdon/Clemens funerary plot and an interactive map of Woodlawn Cemetery.
The Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira, Inc. and the Alfred State College School of Masonry, with the approval of the Langdon family, have undertaken a restoration project at the Langdon/Clemens family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Stephen Richard, Assistant Professor at the Alfred State College School of Masonry, and senior Courtney DeRusha are donating their expertise, time , and energy to the project. Richard, who has been an Alfred State College faculty member since 2004, holds a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Arts Education from Cheyney University. In addition he serves as president and sole stockholder of Miller and Richard Masonry Contractors, Inc.
The restoration project will be in two phases. First, resetting and restoring the stone around the Langdon Monument; then, shoring up the perimeter of the plot which is experiencing serious erosion.
The Friends of Woodlawn are covering the cost of materials. The work pictured below was done on a rainy Tuesday, September 29, 2020.